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Comic Critics #176!

Here is the latest installment of the Comic Critics strip, courtesy of Sean Whitmore (writer) and Brandon Hanvey (artist)! You can check out the first hundred and seventy-five strips at the archive here and you can read more about Sean and Brandon at the Comic Critics blog.


Let us know what you think, either here or at the ComicCritics blog!


I laughed. Also, I hate that Cyborg is the black guy they chose for the new JLA.

You’d rather it was Tyroc?


This strip just made my morning. Thanks.

Man, did that about sum it up. Brilliant!

Just because diversity was handled poorly 35 years ago, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t expect them to handle it better today.

It’s not just comics, TV, movies, and video games all need to work on improving their diversity. How many blockbuster movies have someone other than a white male as the lead? Answer: pretty much only Will Smith’s movies.

“This is a thing that happened in real life”. I should start using that in everyday speech…

This is far and away the best Comics Critics strip I’ve seen to date. I’m not slamming the others, but this one knocked it out of the park.

(Even with the lack of ROM.)

I agree that this was a great column. It was truly a critique of the comics industry.

And although the real world events critiqued here happened in the past, it still remains pertinent in today’s climate where story and direction are dictated by publishers and editorial — nonwriters. Nonwriters whose social development may be lacking!

“Hey, writer, we want you to introduce a gay, minority hero, and we want it to be like this…”
“Hey, artist, we want you to draw all the women as young, with big bazoombas, and make sure they’re always posed with their butt sticking out.”

Wait a minute, they let a black guy into the Legion?

Yeah, this was a good one. I used to have a problem with turning Nick Fury in to a black man. Then I realized that my real problem was that they turned him in to Samuel L. Jackson. It’s like he’s the only black man comic creators know.

Wait a minute, they let a black guy into the Legion?

I know you’re joking, but there have actually been a few black Legionnaires. Looks like the new version of Glorith is going to become part of the team perhaps as early as tomorrow, which would bring the count up to, unless I’m forgetting someone, ten.

One of my favorites by far.

Plus, the bow tie line had me cracking up.

Nice work gents.

I am of two minds of this….. the institutional and implied stereotypes and racism are still a sore point for me….

However the strip saves it for me in the end by Josh being Josh…… And as if to prove this point, see what has happened in the new DCu so far….

Crash-Man, who did you want..? John Stewart? Jefferson Pierce? Icon? Hardware?

Continuity error zomg!!!! Dude’s hair goes from white to brown in panel 5 then back again. I demand a refund!!!

Bow ties are cool. So was this strip. Not a Legion guy, so the fact that This Is A Thing That Happened In Real Life makes it all the more awesome.

Ha. Good one.

Too bad those asswads who felt the need to comment last week that they were never reading the strip again (you know, instead of just actually not reading it anymore) missed this one.

Ha. Not funny at all.

This is great.

Also, DCnU could have easily made Oliver Queen a non-caucasian.

I can see it now.

“There’s Black Lightning, Black Vulcan, Black Racer. Why don’t you call yourself Black Arrow?” – Aquaman

“Because green arrows are easier to recover from the field.” – DCnU’s Non-Caucasian Green Arrow

Yeah, this one was pretty funny.

I see no problem with diversity for diversity’s sake. Non-white, non-hetero young people need superheroes to look up to. I had Peter Parker, but my best friend across the street – his options were Luke Cage or Blackula. So for a few months, he called everybody a jive-ass turkey or honkey. I assure you that our street wasn’t in Harlem. Or the US

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